A News story by Ellena Schuster-Farrell 17 December 2018

This year’s key stage 2 results have now been officially released by the DfE, and we’re delighted to confirm that in 2018, E-ACT pupils achieved our best results ever. Trust-wide, the percentage of E-ACT pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stage 2 has increased by 6% on the previous year, with dozens of success stories across regions and academies.

We’re also pleased to note that out of all medium and large size multi-academy trusts in England, E-ACT has placed in the top ten for mathematics progress and the top seven for writing progress.

Helping all of our pupils to maximise their life chances

Our pupils’ achievement is all the more impressive given the communities we serve.  48% of our pupils across the trust are eligible for and claiming free school meals, which is three times more than the national average. In 16 of our academies, pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals make up 50% or more of the academy’s cohort.

For information, the percentage of pupils with SEND is also one and a half times the national average, and the number of our pupils speaking a language other than English at home is more than double the national average.

This year, the national picture for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds has improved, with the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers narrowing. We’re pleased that trust-wide, 63% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths – that’s 12% more than the national average.

We’re delighted that at Greenfield E-ACT Academy, Denham Green E-ACT Academy, Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy and Perry Court E-ACT Academy, the percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving the expected standard is not only above the national average for disadvantaged pupils, but also above the national average for all pupils.

We’re also pleased that in all regions, the percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving the higher standard is above or in line with the national average. At Denham Green E-ACT Academy, Greenfield E-ACT Academy and St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy, the percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving the higher standard at is at least double the national average for disadvantaged pupils.

Fantastic results across the trust

As well as excellent trust-wide results, we’re pleased to share with you some fantastic success stories from our academies.

This year, 10 primary academies experienced increases in the number of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at key stage 2:

  • Chalfont Valley E-ACT Academy
  • E-ACT Blackley Academy
  • DSLV
  • Greenfield E-ACT Academy
  • Hareclive E-ACT Academy
  • Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy
  • Pathways E-ACT Academy
  • Perry Court E-ACT Academy
  • St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy
  • Reedswood E-ACT Academy

Six E-ACT primary academies surpassed the national average (64%) in 2018:

  • Denham Green E-ACT Academy
  • Greenfield E-ACT Academy
  • Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy
  • Perry Court E-ACT Academy
  • Reedswood E-ACT Academy
  • St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy

Five of our primary academies have achieved a progress score in reading, writing and/or maths that is significantly above the national average:

  • Greenfield E-ACT Academy
  • Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy
  • Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy
  • Perry Court E-ACT Academy
  • St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy

Above national average in the South West

We’re delighted that in every primary academy in the South West, the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics is above the national average. In the region, 73% of pupils met expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

Perry Court E-ACT Academy, which only joined the trust in September 2017, has made astonishing progress under the leadership of Headteacher Richard Healey and Regional Education Director Stephen Luke. The academy’s combined measure leapt up from just 16% in 2017 to 69% in 2018. Perry Court has also placed in the top 5% of schools in the country for progress in maths.

With 84% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, Greenfield E-ACT Academy is in the top 8% of the country for this measure. Meanwhile, St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy is in the top 10% of all schools in the country for the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard. Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy has also performed incredibly well, with 67% in the combined measure. The academy has also placed in the top 5% in the country for progress in writing.

Having been placed in Ofsted special measures in November 2016, the trust had also been providing special educational support to Badock’s Wood Community Primary School in Bristol since January 2018. E-ACT was approached to support the school given the outstanding progress made by our four academies in Bristol. Having achieved a combined measure of 52% in 2017, the school surpassed the national average with support from the trust. We were delighted to welcome Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy to the trust back in September.

A huge jump for Reedswood E-ACT Academy

 Pupils at Reedswood E-ACT Academy in our Midlands region performed fantastically. Having placed below national average last year in the combined measure, this year 74% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths – that’s a 19% increase on last year and 10% more than the national average.

“We are delighted to have achieved our best-ever Key Stage 2 results at E-ACT, following sustained progress in reading, writing and mathematics across the trust once again. These excellent results are testament to the hard work of teachers and pupils across our primary academies in England. “I take this opportunity to congratulate colleagues, pupils and parents – it is thanks to their dedication that our pupils will be able to make a smooth transition from primary to secondary education with the fundamentals in reading, writing and mathematics firmly in place. We look forward to seeing these exceptional pupils continue to flourish as they progress into the rigours of secondary education at E-ACT academies across England.” David Moran, chief executive officer